Living the American Dream  © Wendy Folse Mar 16

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McGrew followed his rainbow until he found the pot of gold. The stunning cover shot from his book says it all. When McGrew spotted the rainbow near Cane Beds, Arizona from the cab of his truck he knew it was meant for him. McGrew claims that it was "the turning point" and the sign that he needed to turn his dreams of photography into reality. It was then that he knew he wanted to complete his book and the rainbow that inspired his dream now adorns the cover.

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  • LivingtheAmericanDream Wendy Folse

    Mar 16, 2002

    RichardMcGrewisoneofthosepeoplewhopickedupacameraatanearlyageandknewithadbecomeapartofhim.Richard'sfatherwasanewspaperpublisherforasmallweeklypaperandRichardgrewuparoundthebusiness.Inhighschool,heworkedontheschoolpaper.

    Attheageof48,McGrewdecidedtobreakoutofthesmalltownclutchesinofsearchthefreedomoftheroad.HebeganhiscareerofdrivinglonghaultrucksacrossAmerica,butheneverlefthisloveofphotographybehind.McGrewbeganphotographinganddocumentingthethingsthathesawalongtheway,collectingsome20,000imagesfromthecabofhistruck.

    McGrewfollowedhisrainbowuntilhefoundthepotofgold.Thestunningcovershotfromhisbooksaysitall.WhenMcGrewspottedtherainbownearCaneBeds,Arizonafromthecabofhistruckheknewitwasmeantforhim.McGrewclaimsthatitwas"theturningpoint"andthesignthatheneededtoturnhisdreamsofphotographyintoreality.Itwasthenthatheknewhewantedtocompletehisbookandtherainbowthatinspiredhisdreamnowadornsthecover.

    The59yearoldtruckernowfocuseshisattentiononhisphotographyasmuchashiscareer.Duringlonghoursatreststopsandbetweenbreaksheuseshisnotebookcomputertoproducehisbook,storinghisphotocollectionbackhomeinastoragefacilityinAlabama.

    McGrewhasbeenfeaturedonCBSNewsSundayMorning,onthecoverofAmericanProfilemagazineandinTruckersNews.HewasinvitedtophotographthePassingoftheOlympicTorch2002inMonumentValleyandhisbookisondisplayattheMysticSeaportMuseum.McGrewwasevengrantedspecialconsiderationbytheLibraryofCongresswhoissuedacardcatalognumberforthebook.

    RichardMcGrewneverforgothisrootsandthisyearhereturnedtotheAthensCityschoolstosharewiththestudentshisvisionandknowledge.WorkingwiththestudentsofAthensMiddleSchoolcomputerclass,theydevelopedover400imagesonPowerPointputtingtogetherstunningmultimediapresentationsusingMcGrew'simages.Fromthecabofhistruck,McGrewcollaborateswiththestudentsonwritingandeditingfuturebooks.McGrewwasquotedassaying,

    "WorkingwiththesestudentsandseeingtheexcitementintheireyesisarewardIneverexpectedandwhichhasmadeanimpactonmylifealready."

    The copyright of the article Living the American Dream in Photography is owned by Wendy Folse. Permission to republish Living the American Dream in print or online must be granted by the author in writing. Page1

  • The copyright of the article Living the American Dream in Photography is owned by Wendy Folse. Permission to republish Living the American Dream in print or online must be granted by the author in writing. Page2

    Richard McGrew is one of those special people that make you proud to be an American. Each and every day he

    lives, breathes, and walks the American Dream. The legacy that he will leave behind is truly inspiring to everyone

    who has ever picked up a camera and wanted to share with the world their vision.

    Contact Info:

    Richard McGrew mcgrewsamerica@msn.com Mcgrewsamerica.com

    All images courtesy of Richard McGrew

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